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Healthcare in Australia

Public-private hospitals worth consideration

Hong Kong's father of liver transplants has spoken out about a brain drain from the ranks of public hospital surgeons into private practice.

Saturday, 22 January, 2011, 12:00am

What defines excessive charging, doctors ask

A third of Medical Council members have called for a review of a landmark conviction of a doctor for overcharging, saying the ruling failed to define 'excessive' medical charges.

About 10 members of the 28-strong watchdog presented a joint petition letter at the Medical Council policy meeting last week, calling for a review of the case.

10 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Hospitals failing to net private doctors

Only 24 private doctors have applied for part-time jobs in public hospitals - far below a target set by the Hospital Authority, which hoped to attract 112 in its latest recruitment campaign.

The authority has been urged to improve learning and training opportunities for private doctors to motivate them to spare time for public services.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

HKU to tighten rules on doctors waiving charges

University of Hong Kong doctors could soon have to explain any waiver of private medical fees and declare if private funds or accounts conflict with the medical school's finances.

The recommendations are to be made by a four-member committee investigating billing arrangements for private patients at the university's medical faculty.

2 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Regulation is essential for private cover

An analysis by Peter Yuen Pok-man, Public Policy Research Institute, Polytechnic University

Private insurance is seen as a way of injecting more money into the health-care sector without having to burden the government.

It is generally purchased on a voluntary basis, with the premium varying, depending on the benefits and the health condition of the insured.

3 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

New medical scheme to cover 100m

More than 100 million urban residents will be covered by a new medical scheme by the end of this year, a senior official says.

20 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Retirements to trim medical deficit

More than 18,000 Hospital Authority staff will be eligible for a voluntary retirement scheme that seeks to ease the record high deficit facing public hospitals.

The authority's chief executive, William Ho Shiu-wei, announcing the scheme after a board meeting yesterday, said it was strictly voluntary with the principle that it would not affect medical services to the public.

25 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Water rate increase 'on tap'

An application to raise water rates could be made when the freeze on government charges expires in June, the Water Supplies Department indicated yesterday.

Director Hu Man-shiu said that to increase rates, the department must go back to the 'user pays' principle.

27 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

High expectations

China Sci-Tech Holdings has bought 60 per cent of China International Aviation Professional Co (CIAP), a mainland firm specialising in aircraft sales and airport development, for US$600,000.

19 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Health care for profit

A72-year-old man lies seriously ill in a hospital bed, awaiting surgery after a massive heart attack. His family see the medical staff as reliable friends united in an effort to make the patient well.

But behind the rosy ER facade hospital administrators have a separate agenda. During his stay, the patient will be charged for many kinds of drugs and procedures he doesn't need.

21 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

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